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The universal Visual Studio
Microsoft released the Visual Studio IDE in 1997. Prior to that, some of its components were sold individually. However, the idea of a bundle came when the team noticed that the Microsoft Office package was bringing much better profits than separate applications. The first release had two versions: Professional and Enterprise. Back then, it still came in CDs. Now, you can simply download the newest version (16.0, usually called simply Visual Studio 2019) for Windows and macOS free of charge.
Apart from a text editor, Visual Studio also provides you with a debugger, a compiler, and many more tools that simplify application development. It also has IntelliSense, which provides a code-completion tool and displays information about the code you’re writing in real-time. Think of it as small pieces of documentation presented to you right in the editor. You’re saving a ton of time, as there’s no need to check for information elsewhere! The newest version also offers artificial intelligence based IntelliCode completion recommendations, improved search and code cleanup.
Cooking up a Webstorm
Another difference between Visual Studio and Webstorm you will notice straightaway is the price. While Visual Code is free, using Webstorm will cost you after the thirty day trial comes to an end. The prices start at just over five bucks a month and depend on the user (an individual or an organization) and the plan they choose (monthly or yearly payments). The good news is, you get somewhat better deals for the second and third year.
Webstorm also has simple and efficient navigation and search functionalities. When you finish your code, you can use a built-in debugger and perform unit testing.
Spilling the NetBeans
NetBeans consists of multiple modules, each of whom is responsible for a certain function. The IDE provides you with all the usual code editor functionalities: code formatting and completion, block collapsing, syntax highlighting and more. In addition to that, you get profiling tools, debuggers, and version control systems. Like all modular IDEs, NetBeans is also extensible: you can choose from a variety of plugins or create and publish one yourself.
The feature that makes a lot of developers choose the NetBeans JS IDE is full Maven support. Apache Maven is a handy tool used for project build management, which allows multiple builds to run at the same time. It can also help with external dependencies management, as Maven keeps Java-based libraries in the cloud.
Two Komodos in a pod
In 2007, the Komodo team released another product called Komodo Edit. To put it simply, it is a subset of Komodo IDE that only has its basic features. Technically, Komodo Edit is a code editor that you can download and use for free. Komodo IDE, on the other hand, has a lot more to offer – but it comes with a price tag. You can’t purchase it individually, either: since 2018, it comes as a part of the ActiveState Platform. Paying seven dollars a month or more, you will be able to perform debugging, unit testing, and use other in-built tools. You also get live previewing of the code. That way, you can see how any update you make changes the result right away.